Supper Sessions is cooking up a new way to fund the arts. Since 2021, Supper Sessions has set the table for an intimate shared dinners cooked by a guest chef. The collective profits from the dinner gets awarded to an artist on the night as an independent grant to kickstart a creative idea.
Supper Sessions creates a space to join together in celebrating, discussing and eating in order to support experimental, critical and timely arts projects by emerging practioners. Head to the website above for more information, to apply for a grant or to attend a dinner.
W.I.P. (work in progress) is a video series that delves into the behind-the-scenes of art making, commissioning and following 5 emerging artists from Sydney as they create new artworks from start to finish. Through Zoom video chats, iPhone footage, screen capture and digital experimentation, EJ Son, Kris Savic, Serwah Attafuah, Mika Benesh and Gianna Hayes dreamed up and created new artworks from home during the COVID-19 restrictions.
Watch W.I.P season #1 episodes here:
CANVAS: Unframing Art & Ideas
CANVAS: Unframing Art & Ideas is a living archive, a quiet conversation, a collision of ideas, a podcast to hear, engage and be enveloped by art. Tune in to fortnightly thematic episodes bringing together artists, writers and thinkers plus head to fbiradio.com/canvas for episode extras and digital treats.
CANVAS: Unframing Art & Ideas is produced by a team of artists, producers and curators made up of; Host Ayeesha Ash, Researchers Eleanor Zurowski and Jazz Money, Audio Editor and Producer Kanika Kirpalani, Digital Coordinator Isabella Sanasi and Executive Producer Anna May Kirk.
Listen back to past episodes:
Stone (1/3 in Ground)
This episode is Stone, and is one of three episodes, Stone, Sand and Salt which are bound together by the overarching theme of Ground.
Stone is the stuff of buildings, borders and walls. And when those structures fall, their rubble and ruins are stone. Stone is the home of ancestors, the surface on which we walk. Stone is an embodiment of time, hard and rigid but when worn down, crumbly and soft. Stone is heavy with history and knowledge and rich with the potential to create futures. Stone is the grounding theme of this episode.
Stone features an insightful discussion with artist Megan Cope, a Quanda-mooka woman, about her work Re Formation and the Aboriginal architecture of middens. We hear the sound artwork Body Remembering – Grinding Stone by Yindjibarndi artist Katie West and a responsive poem by Narrm-based writer and educator Neika Lehman. CANVAS Host Ayeesha Ash is joined by artist Alana Hunt to unpack her work Faith in a Pile of Stones, they are joined later in the conversation by Chris Griffith, a Miriwoong man, to further discuss practices of extraction.
Sand (2/3 in Ground)
This episode is Sand, and is the second of three episodes, Stone, Sand and Salt which are bound together by the overarching theme of Ground.
Sand is transformative. It is particles ground down by the passage of time, sifted over beaches and deserts and awash under rivers, lakes and oceans. These particles can be reformed, brought back together through heat and industrial processes to form glass, we peer through it as windows, cut ourselves on it as shards and often forget it’s sandy origins. Sand is the grounding theme of this episode.
Sand features a discussion between CANVAS Researcher, poet, filmmaker and educator of Wiradjuri heritage Jazz Money and Joel Spring, a Wiradjuri man raised between Redfern and Alice Springs who works across research, activism, architecture, installation and speculative projects. We hear from artist and writer Lynette Smith and the audio from her video work sand/fog. CANVAS Host Ayeesha Ash is joined by artist Koji Ryui for a chat about his installation TOT and the alchemy of the everyday. Finally we are transported as artist and writer Bianca Hester reads an excerpt from her text Sandstone.
Salt (3/3 in Ground)
This episode is Salt, and is the final of three episodes, Stone, Sand and Salt which are bound together by the overarching theme of Ground.
Salt is pervasive. It seasons our food, enhances our senses, it preserves and it tenderises, it coats our skin when we sweat and melts into our tongue as we eat. Salt disrupts agriculture, has spurred revolutions and treats aches and pains. Mined from ancient lakes, evaporated from oceans or bought at the corner store, salt is the grounding theme of this episode and a pivotal material for the artists we hear from.
Salt features a discussion between CANVAS Host Ayeesha Ash and artist Keg De Souza about her performative and salty dinner project The Only Rock We Eat. We hear from artist, educator and writer Emily Morandini and the audio from her sculptural work Crystal Speakers. Yasmin Smith joins us for a discussion about her work participatory ceramic work Drowned River Valley, delving into the history of salt in New South Wales, its production, utilisation and entwinement with colonial processes. Finally we hear a discussion between members of Karrabing Film Collective at Mabaluk in the Norther Terroritory as they exchange words about connection to Country.
Movement Lab is a workshop series engaging the body as a material, mechanism and agent for creating performance art that were run from 2019-2021 at UNSW Art & Design. 2 hours of performance/performance strategies is led by guest emerging and established performance artists. During the workshop these artists demonstrate how they engage the body in their practice and led students in exercises, teaching them how to apply performance stategies in their own practice.
This series provided an opportunity for emerging artists to explore performance in an accessible way and come to understand how they might utilise performance and the body in their practice.
Movement Lab has been lead by; Patricia Woods, Sarah Rodigari, Justin Shoulder, Ivey Wawn, Ayeesha Ash, Lizzie Thomson, Marcus Whale, Samia Sayed, Brooke Stamp, Rhiannon Newton, Wendy Yu and Victoria Hunt.